Sunday, December 22, 2019

Grief At Christmas,.....

The ball in the picture kind of says it all for me. There is an emptiness to it. A void. I have felt that same void for 26 years now. It never goes away but we cope,... we smile and do the best we can. Would I change things if I could? Selfishly, yes. Just for one more hug. But I can't and thinking about it, it would be a selfish thing to do to them,... especially since I do believe in heaven.

I have people in my life that are going through this same grief at Christmas for the first time. I'd like to tell them it gets easier,... but all I can do is smile and be there for them. I did happen across a piece today that really explains the grief we feel. It puts things in a light that I hadn't thought of before,... I wish I knew who wrote it so I could give them credit,.........

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Thanksgiving On MinneHaHa,…

Sitting here thinking of past Thanksgivings and I’m reminded of a little four room house where our family gathered for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Think about that,… a four room house with a small kitchen and packing best to my figures anywhere from thirty five to forty five people including us kids. And with one bathroom!!  All of those holiday dinners went off without a flaw, best that I can remember. Of course back then I was more concerned with playing Army and football with cousins but I don’t remember any problems. The kids ate first while the grown ups and older kids socialized. Then once we were out of the way, everyone else ate. I think we had six TV trays and a card table to eat on and the rest held their plates while eating. The kitchen table, stove and counter space held the buffet.  We had six generations of females at one time but not sure if we ever had them all under one roof to eat.

Speaking of the kids,… I guess we ranged from 5 or 6 to 17 and 18. While we did like to play some football, we also liked to roam. By roam I mean we’d go walking. No place in particular but most of the time we’d end up near Sweetwater Creek and the walking bridge that went to the mill. It was a great place to hang out, hang on and walk the railings.  It was a great place in the Summer too,…

The food was just simply the best. Turkey with all of the trimmings, ambrosia, ham, potatoes, green beans and of course the traditional red stuff in a can. Then the deserts,… my grandmother made the best coconut cake. I’m not sure when we had the last get together. Things changed as the older cousins got married and had to divide time with their new families. Some moved out of town and work dictated their holiday time. But I don’t remember the last one we had. We did go to different places from time to time. I guess that depended on who wanted to host. But we just don’t do those things much anymore. Everyone has other family obligations now. So we wait until the next funeral to have those family get togethers. Kinda sad.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

The Best Places for Fights on Black Friday,...

It is Black Friday time again,... a time for Americans to show just how greedy and inhumane we are. Those holiday deals often spark conflict among shoppers and I just like to sit back and watch. I do not shop during the year and I'm surely not shopping with the idiots that have to get that "perfect gift". I value my life.

With that said, here are a few statistics from Black Friday shopping,.....

Friday, November 1, 2019

Is Your House Safe From A Burglary?,...

With Halloween now over, I would think that many of us now turn our attention to the upcoming holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas. We hustle and bustle around town shopping for that perfect gift and sometimes we get careless,... I know I do.

A little common sense can go a long way in deterring burglaries and thefts,... one of the most common mistakes is leaving things in the open. Whether it be in your house or vehicle. Keep anything worth value hidden. Even pocket change. We have had people go through our vehicles just for a mere twenty seven cents.

With the homeless population growing in our area, thefts are on the rise. Many of these people are addicts and will steal to get their fix. These homeless people for the most part are not from our area but come here because of the free handouts. Pilfering in our vehicles and breaking into homes, sheds and even going through your yard looking for anything of value to sell has become a problem in our area.

I go into many houses during the year and one of the most common mistakes I see is the deadbolt.
This type of lock is fine for a solid door. But all too often I see then on doors with glass. All one has to do is break the glass and turn the latch. When you have glass, use a deadbolt with a key on both sides. Be sure to remove the key on the inside.

The best way to help protect your home from burglars is to install a home security system. Just putting a security sign in your yard can be a deterrent, but a full system is more beneficial. For example, if an alarm goes off when your door or window opens, chances are low that a criminal will continue breaking in to your house. With security cameras, you can keep an eye on your home from anywhere with a live video feed to your mobile device, allowing you and the security company to react quickly if there is a break-in.

Here are some other ways and ideas to help you prevent a burglary,....

Install a steel or metal security door, and make sure you lock it, even if you’re just playing in the backyard with your kids.

Don’t leave your pet door open when you aren’t home.

Find a good hiding place for your spare key, away from your door or in a lockbox.

Put your valuables in a safe and never leave the safe by a window.

Double-check your windows regularly to make sure they’re locked.

Keep your garage doors locked.

Install motion-activated lights around your property.

Put up a “Beware of Dog” sign, even if you don’t have a dog.

Secure your window air conditioner or put it in an upper-floor window.

Don’t give burglars a place to hide—avoid tall shrubs next to your house.

Change the locks immediately if you’ve just moved into a new house.

If you’re going on vacation, take these extra precautions:

Set up timers for the lights in your house.

Hire a house sitter or ask a friend or family member to stop by regularly.

Have the post office hold your mail.

Don’t post vacation photos on social media until you get back.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

OB's Top Six,....

It's been a while since I've done anything related to college football. I thought it might be fun to do a top 6 pole since it is just like the AP poll,.... it means absolutely nothing in the grand scheme of things. I watch people get all tore up because of where their teams is or isn't in the AP polls. Folks,.. the only poll that matters is the one set by the playoff committee. That one won't happen until Nov 5th,.... until then everyone can say their team is number one,.... And just for fun,... here is OB's Top 6.

1. Ohio St. This team is one of the most balanced Buckeye teams in recent years. They should stroll through their conference undefeated and make the playoffs.

2. LSU,.... this team is for real. They too are well balanced, to a point. The defense needs some help but they can score a bunch.

3. Alabama,.... Yes, being a Bama homer, I've got them at number 3. They are improving in the line play, running game and on defense. If they shore up those areas, it's lights out.

4. Georgia,... Yep three SEC teams in the top 4. They are good. Excellent line play, a smart quarterback and good defense. This could be the Dawgs year.

5. Clemson,... Not sure playing in the weakest conference in football is a good thing. Teams tend to play up or down to their competition. It is hard to play down all year and then play up at playoff time.

6. Wisconsin,... A very solid team that can run the ball down anyone's throat.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

911 Calls From The Boating Accident From Shoal Creek,...

Read this text message,....

So,.... he seemed VERY confident people were killed. Yet,... Yet in the calls to 911 he stated he wasn't sure that the boat was even occupied. Can't have it both ways. AND,.... Mark McBryer wasn't even at the helm,... his son Daniel was driving the boat. Kathryn Davis made the original call, her nephew is Daniel, Marks son. Have a listen, click,....  Shoal Creek Boating Accident,.... Thank you to Burton Staggs with Tennessee River Valley News for putting that together.

Justice was NOT served to the families of Lauren and Blakley. OUR Lauderdale County DA dropped the ball as well as the officers investigating the accident. How in the world they sleep at night is beyond me. Also pay very close attention to the calls,... the demeanor,.. the chuckle? What is he humored about? Impaired much?

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Petition To Investigate The Lauderdale Co DA,...

The above photo of a text proves that the people on the boat knew that people were hurt at the very least, yet set sail for the marina, leaving the scene. This is a felony. Yet our local DA saw it fit to not present enough evidence to the grand jury to indict. Why? Who is local law enforcement covering for? What are they hiding? Why wasn't the driver of the cruiser given a breathalyzer? Even after he told authorities he had been drinking he wasn't given one? Rumors still abound around the thoughts of someone got off the boat at the marina prior to ALEA arriving. That rumor is supported by the time it took to call in the accident to 911. The DA lied about the times originally because they could not get their story straight. The family needs closure,.... please sign the petition,... So that it can go the the proper authorities in Montgomery.

Link to sign,.... Click here